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OW SERIES: Day 34 – Overcoming the ‘bystander effect’

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Have you ever heard of the “bystander effect”? In psychology it is the phenomenon that the more people there are in a place, the less likely any one individual is to help someone in trouble. It is basically due to a dilution of responsibility (there are lots of people; someone else is bound to help on my behalf).

When coming out of lockdown, many employees will experience bouts of intense anxiety and need help. In these moments of unallocated responsibility, I encourage you to remember that your brain plays tricks on you and that this is the time to move from being an apathetic spectator to an empathetic actor.

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By Adrien Chignard

Adrien Chignard, Occupational Psychologist, Sens & Coherence

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